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Court ruling on KZN ANC throws the party into further turmoil, questions are raised about the independence of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and why there's no shortcuts when it comes to shedding the kilos.

12/09/2017 18:13 SAST | Updated 12/09/2017 18:13 SAST
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Pearl Modiadie puts it all into perspective.

1. A high court ruling declaring the ANC's 2015 provincial elections in KZN void is likely to widen factional rifts in the party and could lead to chaos in the run-up to the national conference in December, when a new president will be elected. Amil Umraw asked the experts what could happen now. Read here.

2. A stunning affidavit submitted in court papers by the SA Reserve Bank raises some pretty astute questions about the independence of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. She apparently met with spooks from the State Security Agency and the Presidency in the run-up to her Bankorp report and discussed the "vulnerability" of the bank, raising concerns it's next on the state capture hit list. Read here.

3. The DA is challenging President Zuma's right to delay a commission of inquiry into state capture, as recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. Zuma wants to appoint his own stooge ... cough, I mean judge, which runs contrary to Madonsela's recommendation that this should be the job of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. "Does he not trust the wisdom and decision of the Chief Justice," asked advocate Anton Katz. Read here.

4. Dirty politics aside, TV personality Pearl Modiadie put what really matters in life into perspective with a video tweet that's been shared more than 50,000 times and made us, we'll admit, a bit choked up. In the video captioned "The proudest moment in my life", Pearl's dad is overcome with emotion when she tells him she has bought the family a new house. Modiadie has often spoken in public about growing up in poverty in Tembisa. Read here.

5. Anyway, back to dirty politics. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is seeking a new anti-corruption tzar to head up the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), which oversees anti-money-laundering systems. He took quite a few people by surprise by advertising the job in a newspaper and putting a two-week deadline on applications. Alarmed by the short deadline, a Treasury staffer who spoke off the record said: "This could be the capture of the FIC." Read here.

6. Did you know some so-called "healthy" foods have the same amount of calories as "unhealthy" foods? For example, a handful of almonds has the same energy as a handful of candy. Fitness blogger Lucy Mountain believes that people should not limit themselves to certain foods, and there's no other way round weight loss than expending more calories than you eat. Bummer. Read here.

7. Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Black Consciousness icon Steve Biko, and HuffPost has been running a series of articles about why his ideas are still relevant today. Editor of "No Fears Expressed", Millard W. Arnold, narrates six of the most memorable things he spoke about. Read here.

8. In the latest terrible revelation of teachers abusing pupils, the KZN department of basic education has alerted police about a video where a principal and two teachers appear to be gang-raping a schoolgirl. The department also said four schoolteachers had been implicated in separate sexual-assault cases in Empangeni. Read here.

9. Do you have trouble sleeping? Maybe you should consider letting your dog taking a kip in the same bedroom as you, after research found a four-legged pal can help you catch more snooze. A tail of bedroom bliss, then... (sorry). Read here.